Sharing Your Faith – Part 1 – Discussion Guide

Essential Disciplines – Session 8 – Sharing Your Faith – Part 1 – Discussion Guide

OPENING

What are the biggest obstacles we face as we try to share our faith with others?

GOING DEEPER

1 The Plight of Our Neighbor

  • Read Matthew 9:36-38. What does Jesus mean when He says that “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”?
  • Read Romans 9:3-4. How far was Paul willing to go to have others know the truth? What would it take for us to have that same passion?
  • Why should our love for our neighbor inspire us to share the gospel with them?
  • How do we balance our concern for the physical needs of our neighbors with their spiritual needs?

2 The Call of Our Lord

  • Read Matthew 5:14-16. How can our “good deeds” shed the light that Jesus is talking about to the world around us?
  • Read Matthew 28:18-20. Why should we take this Great Commission personally?
  • Do you believe that God intends the practice of tithing to continue among His people today? Why or why not?

3 The Power of Our Story

  • Read Exodus 3:11-12. How does God respond to Moses when His servant asks, “Who am I, that I should go….”?
  • Read 1 Timothy 1:15-16. How does God use Paul’s broken story to build His kingdom?
  • Share examples of how other people’s God story has changed your story.

NEXT STEPS

  • Spend time this week reflecting on the scriptures listed in this session. In prayer, ask God to use these scriptures to strengthen your resolve to share your story.
  • Share with a trusted friend your desire to share your faith more faithfully. Give that person permission to pray for and encourage you in that mission.
  • Begin to pray for at least one person, that God would give you the courage to share your story with that person.

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